A broad and in-depth introduction to Tibetan Buddhism by one of the great Kagyu masters. Cutting through the complexity and apparent contradictions of the Tibetan tradition, revealing a flexible approach based on one's individual capacity. Without assuming an academic background or knowledge of Buddhist terminology, Dharma Paths presents both basic and quite advanced material, making the essence of the vast Tibetan teachings surprisingly accessible.
This introduction to the Buddhism of the Kagyu tradition has as its main theme the three paths or vehicles within the teachings: hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This reflects the fact that the Buddha taught people in different ways according to their abilities and interests. In fact the title of the book is a somewhat free rendering of Rinpoche`s Tibetan title, which means literally "Opening our Eyes to the Three Vehicles". The unique quality of Tibetan Buddhism is that the three paths or levels of the teachings are integrated and seen as a progression.